Big zoning proposals for downtown

September 15, 2007 at 8:52 am 1 comment

The gentlemen of the Downtown Fort Wayne Baseball blog are surprised by how little the city has promoted Monday’s Plan Commission meeting which will feature a public hearing on zoning changes west of Harrison Square.

If they hadn’t heard about it, then nobody has.

I may have more questions about the plan myself later, but for now, I will just quote a couple of well-said paragraphs from DFWB:

It is unfortunate that this plan seems to be flying under the radar, coasting right through to a public hearing that most are not even aware of. This isn’t to say that it’s a bad plan, because it’s not, but discussion and discourse should always be encouraged when such notable changes are on the table.

Why were the particular zoning changes decided upon? Do the houses in the proposed historic designation area merit designation? Why are other houses around it not having the same designation proposed? Why not expand the use of the CM5 zoning designation, which more easily allows for mixed-use development?

These are just a few questions that could be asked. The overriding question is “why would these particular changes be the best option?”

The city has an embarrassing habit of appearing to want to slide such changes under the door by technically following the law but not really going out of its way to seek a lot of contrary public input. Good plans can only be improved by opposition pointing out weaknesses.

Those who care about downtown are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting. For more details, go to the Downtown Fort Wayne Baseball blog’s post.

— Jon Swerens 


Entry filed under: Architecture, Culture, Harrison Square, Jon Swerens.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Scott Greider  |  September 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    I attended the meeting this evening, and was happy with what I heard from the City. The proposed comprehensive land use plan is very good so far, and with further tweaking will only get better. This is the kind of proactive planning that has been lacking in FW for far too long. I wholeheartedly support the plans thus far.


But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7

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